Customs inspectors doing a routine inspection on a container on its way to Europe discovered a VW Bus which had been stolen 35 years ago inside. The recently restored Bus will be going to the insurance company, not the owner.
Turns out the Bus has led an interesting life since it was pilfered in Washington so many years ago. When the original owner reported it stolen, and the vehicle didn't turn up, Allstate settled the claim for a grand total of $2,500. It's been shuffled around since then, sold and resold and ended up in the hands of a restorer who completely renovated the van. It was on the way to the Netherlands, presumed a legitimately titled vehicle when it was seized by Port of LA customs officials. The estimated value? $25,000. Unsurprisingly, Allstate will be taking back it's van now, thank you very much. [LATimes]
Photo credit: Department of Homeland Security